Our instructors are professionals with hands-on, real-world experience and they can give you access to current trends in your field of study. Many of our faculty and staff also have direct access to the same employers that could become future career possibilities for you!
“I did feel that instructors did have time for me. Whenever I had questions, either I would ask during class, if we’re in the middle of discussion, or I would ask after class, too. They were always right there, and they’re very good at responding back to us via email, or via the learning platform, or even by phone, too. That was nice.”
– Mimi Raza
Business Administration (BS)
I’m so happy to be part of the California College San Diego family as a respiratory therapy instructor.
A bit about myself: I grew up near a small southern beach town called Pensacola, Florida. I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida. I later moved to Los Angeles where I started my career as a respiratory therapist, graduating valedictorian for academic excellence from East Los Angeles College. I have been a respiratory therapist for over 13 years and have worked in several hospitals, including UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica Hospital, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital. I’ve also worked as a traveling respiratory therapist in northern California.
The most enjoyable and satisfying part of my career has been in the role as an instructor and preceptor. I have instructed students for seven years. I have conducted review classes to help students and graduates prepare for the National Board Certification and Registry (NBRC) examinations. In 2014, I received a faculty excellence award for best practices from my previous employer. I also received recognition from the National Lambda Beta Honor Society for Respiratory Care.
Helping students gain knowledge and skills to improve their lives to help others is my way of giving back to others that have helped me along my path. In my spare time, I do marathon training, play golf, hike, watch concerts, and enjoy the beach.
For more than 25 years, Henderson Communications, the consultancy and laboratory I founded in the telecommunications field, designed and developed modem products. Additionally, I taught VP-level telecommunications and marketing classes to such companies as Microsoft, IBM, MCI, AT&T and Pacific Telephone. For the last 11 years, I have taught math, electronics, and business courses for various colleges and universities.
I’m also a writer. I co-authored a book that hit number one in Amazon’s happiness category toward the end of 2011. Our second book on gratitude was a big seller, too. In July, 2013, we published Summer Memories of Gratitude. The next book, a transformational autobiography, should be done by September this year. In the interim, two more books are on their way: Make It New and Protocols and Manners.
I am also a facilitator for JustFaith, a social justice program that helps people serve one another, the world, and the planet. The course is a mix of classroom time, assigned readings, and immersions. One of our graduates started a food-packaging program that sent off 100,000 meals at Christmas. Another couple started a program that finds sponsors for the elderly in African countries. Yet another group has sponsored microbusinesses in South America. Some of these stories are covered in my book, JustMeQi.
Dr. Darryl Baker taught a variety of business courses at Universities in the State of California and at higher learning facilities in the State of Michigan. Darryl’s lengthy career ensued at General Motors Corporation where he held various positions in management and labor. He spent the final nine years of his career at GM’s International Center for Human Resources in Detroit, Michigan, as an international representative.
A few of Dr. Baker’s nonacademic work experiences include owner and manager of employees in a stock brokerage firm for 12 years; owner and manager of both a not-for-profit company and a for-profit company for 20 years; and owner and manager of an insurance, taxation, and paralegal business for several years. Dr. Baker also ascended to the position of president at a local branch office of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). Dr. Darryl Baker is also an author with numerous published works. Furthermore, vast work experience in the fields of economics, accounting, finance, management, business law, real estate law, statistics, and ethics, combined with numerous academic accomplishments, facilitated certifications to teach the same subjects at various higher learning institutions.
Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked as an accountant in a manufacturing firm for 16 years. I also earned my MSBA degree from San Diego State University. Later, I earned my Certified Internal Auditor’s license (CIA) and Certified Fraud Examiner’s License (CFE). I’ve taught for over 10 years and love it when I explain a topic and see that my students are able to do it for themselves. I’ve taught the entire program for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and the Bachelor of Science in Accounting programs.
Patrick Cowan holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor of science degree in business administration. In addition to having taught at the college level for over five years, Patrick Cowan has 30 years of real-world experience as a supervisor, manager, and senior manager with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. As a senior manager, Patrick Cowan managed over 1,600 employees and managed an annual operating budget in excess of $152 million. His real-world knowledge includes extensive business process knowledge, technical expertise in financial processes, cost accounting, human relations, IT, project management, and working with cross-functional teams. Patrick currently teaches accounting and business at the San Marcos campus and manages a non-profit art gallery located in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, and serves as board member at the Spanish Village Art Center.
I came to US from Iran on September 3, 1977, to continue my education in Chicago, Illinois. I am an IT person, and I have been teaching in the field of information technology for about 15 years at different colleges. I have been working with computers since 1989. I have a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and a master of business administration degree from University of Phoenix.
I’ve been married for 14 years, and I have two boys. Nima is thirteen, Sina is eight, and Jennifer is my 30-year-old daughter.
My professional experience includes more than 10 years of market experience in management, customer service, and public relations, as well as 15 years of hands-on experience in building computers and upgrading hardware and software. I’ve also had over 15 years of teaching experience in the field of Information Technology.
I am also a Microsoft certified system engineer and A+ certified.
I joined the United States Army right after high school and spent the next 20 years in the southeastern United States. While in the Army, I served as a paratrooper on several deployments and, later, as a criminal investigator and protective service officer where I served on the protection team for the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In the corporate world, I worked over a decade for a major electronics manufacturer. During that time, I was a product manager and a senior buyer, and I worked in marketing. Today I serve as the founding/senior pastor and president of a church my wife and I started three years ago. We enjoy impacting the lives of people every day. I hold a bachelor’s degree in social science from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina; an MBA in marketing from Walden University; and a master of divinity and a master of theological studies from Liberty University.
I believe in learning about what motivates my students, so I can reach them in a way that speaks to them. I believe the classroom is a magical place where each person, including the instructor, has a chance to learn from the other. I am married to the love of my life, Shalonda. We live in Vista, California, and are the proud parents of seven beautiful children.
Valerie is a dedicated, energetic, creative educator with 13 years of experience. Enjoying a challenging position developing computer and math curricula and teaching high school and college students. Valerie is passionate about demystifying technology for people of all ages while creating a life-long love of learning.
Valerie has extensive real-world programming experience using object-oriented languages, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills, that enable her to clearly translate highly technical, cutting-edge concepts for people of diverse educational backgrounds. She was also an early adopter of new academic technologies, proactively using industry partnerships to explore and source new tools to enhance the educational environment. Valerie is a respected leader with experience energizing multi-functional teams to perform at the highest level. Forward thinking and flexible, she desires to make a difference in peoples’ lives.
Valerie’s specialties include teaching college and high school algebra & geometry, stats, Linux, QuickBooks, financial and managerial accounting, and programming in Java, C/C++, and Python. She is also a certified income tax preparer.
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